The final drama from Fox is another mid-season one, Ride-Along. The premise of this show is a "slice of life" for a Chicago cop, as a civilian spends a shift in the passenger seat of a squad car, observing the work day of a police officer. But the gimmick is that the audience is the civilian-- the passenger. The show stars Jason Clarke, Matt Lauria, and Jennifer Beals as the cops with very different yet stereotypical personalities. There is the reckless tough guy who underneath it all is really just a charming guy afraid to get too close (Clarke); there is the new guy desperate to prove himself (Lauria); and of course there is woman desperate to implement changes and prove she can play with the boys in a world that still tries to tell her otherwise (Beals). These three, with others at their side, are determined to bring the dirty guys down and clean up Chicago. The question the show seems to pose is whether or not cleaning up Chicago-- a metaphor for any big series, one could infer, is even possible. In truth, though the real question this cop drama begs is why it's relevant or necessary at all compared with the dozens that have come before it.
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